ERT, the Greek national broadcaster, has selected five candidates for their national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Last month, ERT made an open call for smaller record labels to submit entries for a national final. All submitted songs had to include Greek lyrics. 20 entries were received, which were then assessed by a committee of eight music professionals. The chairman of the committee was a conductor, Anastasios Symeonidis. The rest of the jury consisted of:
- Dourdoubakis Petros (Songwriter, Broadcaster)
- Ktistakis Dimitris (Manager)
- Kostas Alexis
- Messina Michalis (Composer)
- Pyrarinos Andreas (Manager)
- Spyropoulos Bach Giannis (Orchestra)
- Tsaras Pantazis (Radio Producer)
In a statement to ESCToday, ERT revealed:
“An internal artistic committee has indeed examined 20 candidate songs, submitted by record companies following the letter sent earlier. The committee focused on five songs. Their recommendation will be examined by a working group, that will be setup in order to determine the next steps towards the organization of a national final.”
Whilst ERT has not confirmed the names of the candidates officially, it is speculated the following 5 acts have been whittled down and made it to the national final:
- Areti Ketime – Don’t forget the Sun
- Chorostalites – Apo tin Thraki os tin Kriti
- Duo Fina – Idio Tempo
- Gianna Terzi – To oniro mou
- Tony Vlachos – Baila Jazz
The Greek national final is scheduled to be held in February 2018.
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
Greece debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, when they were represented by Marinella and the song “Krasi, thalassa kai t’agori mou” which finished in 11th place with 7 points. Three years later Greece earned their first top 5 finish with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy who finished in 5th place with “Mathima solfege”. In 2001 Greece achieved their first top 3 result with Antique and the song “I Would Die For You”. The song became a European hit, and charted across the continent. In 2005 Helena Paparizou returned to the Eurovision stage as a solo artist and brought Greece their first, and to date only, victory. Her song “My Number One” won with 230 points, beating runners-up Malta by 38 points.